About 80 students from 4 local high schools participated, taking part in panel discussions on college and financial aid, visiting active research labs (where they got to touch a human brain!!!!), and braving the rain on a campus tour. We're really proud of Jack, Guadalupe, and Jeremy for taking a first step towards a career in the sciences, and are excited to see what they do in the future!
Yesterday we had our first field trip of the 2018 MERO program! This year we have 13 participants, plus a student coordinator who participated in the 2017 program. Check out the photos below of the group exploring the Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve!
Learning how to use the binoculars while observing a great egret (Ardea alba) on Searsville Lake at Jasper Ridge.
Turkeys can fly!!!
Posing for a photo after finishing a biodiversity scavenger hunt.
Just when we were leaving a bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) came by looking for its fish dinner. The first time any of us had seen a bald eagle at Jasper Ridge!
Welcome to La Mera Ciencia, the official blog of Menlo-Atherton Ecology Research Outdoors (MERO). Founded in 2017, MERO is a free, after-school environmental education program for high school English Language Learners that gets students outside doing ecology. Mero (or mera for feminine words like ciencia) is Spanish for "legit" or "the real thing", which is exactly the kind of science we do in the MERO program!